Here's my proposal for my winter camp. Any thoughts? Would middle school kids enjoy this? I really want to work on things like reading and writing. The kids I teach really need help in that area.
Non-fiction Reading and Writing
Class final project: Class portfolio of writing in a newspaper format.
Objectives: To increase students’ interest for reading short books, write book reports and present them, and work on editing and publishing students’ writing into a finished portfolio and class project.
Books: Step Into Reading Series Who was…? Series
Reading Class: The aims of this class are to read and write about non-fiction. Included in the non-fiction books are biographies of historical figures, events in history, and scientific information. Reading class will consist of reading aloud in class, followed by comprehension questions, and listening dictation. We will read 5 books. I aim to read two short books a week, and the final week a more advanced book.
Writing Class: Students must write book reports based on the reading they did. We will do different styles of book reports each class period. Some of the various kinds of book reports include; comic strips, essays, drawings, collages, research projects, and criticisms. Students should present to the class what they wrote in each class to work on public speaking skills. During the third week we will work on editing students’ portfolios and choose students’ works to put in a class newspaper of what students have studied. We will publish the paper and students will have a finished portfolio of writing to keep.